Let me be lazy and spruik from their blurbs: "The event aims to provide a forum for the talents involved in independent publishing within Brisbane and across the nation. ZICS is a not for profit community collective, all run by volunteers who want to put on an event different to the usual conventions. ZICS is about people’s passions and engaging with the community."
One reason for attending is to mingle with some of the creative talents attending. One of those will be Jase Harper, who will be bringing copies of his brand-new graphic novel Awkwood to sell (see below). And one reason why I would like to be there. And -- due to my being scheduled to work a stint of night duty -- I shall sadly be unable to attend.
However, Dear Reader, lest you think I am doing nothing except make a small pledge to ZICS, I can let you know that I am taking part in a workshop run by The Edge with the help of the ZICS crew called "Create Your Own Comic or Zine: From Whoa to Go". This workshop runs over six weeks and allow participants to "conceptualise, design, refine, print and distribute a zine or comic" and have them offered for sale at the event. I am afraid that the workshop has already begun. I will be participating (with Elouise Quinlivan) and speaking on August 15th. Details of the topics covered can be found by clicking here; and if you were interested in joining in any similar future workshops, let the good people at The Edge know, so they are aware there is a demand for this community activity.
For Readers of this blog who live in Melbourne (and surrounds), if you are keen on meeting Jase Harper and attending his Awkwood graphic novel launch, then pencil in August 23rd on your calendar. Then on that day, head on down to Squishface Studios (that's at 309 Victoria Street, Brunswick) where comic publishing colleagues Milk Shadow Books will host the event between 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. More details of the event are available by clicking here.